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WAUKESHA, WI, January 26, 2011 – Cooper Power Systems, a division of Cooper Industries plc (NYSE: CBE), announced today that that it has been selected by Pioneer Electric Cooperative, Inc. of Greenville, Alabama to deploy its power line carrier (PLC) advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) network and Smart Grid solutions in south central Alabama.

The AMI project—already underway—includes implementing the flexible communications infrastructure for more than 13,000 intelligent Cooper metering endpoints. The cooperative will use the network to collect metering information as well as control their distribution network as part of their mission to deliver reliable service to their membership. In essence, the AMI network will connect the cooperative to their member-owners which are located primarily in rural areas of the nine Alabama counties that make up their service territory.

More than 250 electric utilities throughout North America are realizing the benefits of managing multiple automation solutions using the Yukon advanced energy services software platform. Since its launch, Yukon has continually evolved and currently provides advanced energy support for advanced metering infrastructure, demand response, capacitor bank control, volt/VAR optimization, smart sensors, feeder reconfiguration and substation distribution and automation. These advanced energy services solutions provide the necessary tools for utilities to systematically enhance their level of service, operational efficiency and reliability.  As a result, utilities also dramatically increase customer satisfaction.

“We chose the Cooper Power Systems AMI solution because of its ability to provide a wealth of operational information that will benefit the engineering and operations department as well as our customer service team—allowing us to better serve our members,” said Steven A. Harmon, executive vice president and general manager of Pioneer Electric Cooperative. “Our vision is to set the standard when it comes to electric membership cooperatives. Cooper’s solution and the automation platform it will provide will help us reach that vision.”

“Pioneer Electric Cooperative desired a solution that met their operational needs—spanning from the substation to the home,” expressed Tom Pitstick, vice president and general manager of the Energy Automation Solutions division at Cooper Power Systems. “Cooper Power Systems is a trusted partner that delivers proven, forward-looking technologies to enterprising utilities every day.”

Cooper Power Systems: Commitment to Smart Grid:
Cooper Power Systems has long been a provider of comprehensive reliability and productivity solutions for utility, commercial and industrial customers. The Energy Automation Solutions (EAS) group within Cooper Power Systems is a leading provider of innovative smart grid technologies and solutions that enable customers to optimize their electrical grid performance. These solutions include Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), Demand Response (DR), Smart Sensors, Power Systems Engineering Software and Services, Substation Automation and Feeder Automation.

About Pioneer Electric Cooperative
Pioneer Electric Cooperative, Inc. was founded in 1937 and is a member-owned electric distribution cooperative that primarily serves the rural portions of Butler, Dallas, Lowndes and Wilcox Counties in South Central Alabama. Pioneer Electric’s service area also extends into five additional Alabama counties including portions of Autauga, Crenshaw, Covington, Conecuh and Monroe counties. Pioneer Electric Cooperative is governed by a board of trustees representing the nine districts that make up the cooperative and is a distribution member of PowerSouth Energy Cooperative.

About Cooper Power Systems
Cooper Power Systems, Inc., with 2009 revenues of approximately $1.1 billion, is a division of Cooper Industries plc (NYSE: CBE). Cooper Power Systems is a global manufacturer of world-class power delivery and reliability solutions for the electrical and industrial markets. Through its Energy Automation Solutions group, it is also a leading provider of software, communications and integration solutions that enable customers to increase productivity, improve system reliability, and reduce costs. For more information, please visit www.cooperpower.com or www.cooperpowereas.com.

About Cooper Industries
Cooper Industries plc (NYSE: CBE) is a global manufacturer with 2009 revenues of $5.1 billion, approximately eighty-nine percent of which are from electrical products. Founded in 1833, Cooper's sustained level of success is attributable to a constant focus on innovation, evolving business practices while maintaining the highest ethical standards, and meeting customer needs. The Company has eight operating divisions with leading market share positions and world-class products and brands including: Bussmann electrical and electronic fuses; Crouse-Hinds and CEAG explosion-proof electrical equipment; Halo and Metalux lighting fixtures; and Kyle and McGraw-Edison power systems products. With this broad range of products, Cooper is uniquely positioned for several long-term growth trends including the global infrastructure build-out, the need to improve the reliability and productivity of the electric grid, the demand for higher energy-efficient products and the need for improved electrical safety. In 2009, sixty-one percent of total sales were to customers in the industrial and utility end-markets and thirty-nine percent of total sales were to customers outside the United States. Cooper has manufacturing facilities in 23 countries as of 2009. For more information, visit the website at www.cooperindustries.com


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